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Königswinter, Germany

Old castle-like buildings in lively green mountains; scenic views as far as the eye can see; the ultra-relaxing Steigenburger Grandhotel; fresh, stingingly sweet and pure cherry juice; quiet, quaint and non-touristic town full of welcoming smiles; Rhine river flowing by; succulent Italian gelato ice cream and charm flowing through every corner. Königswinter, Germany is an enjoyable destination where you can take a break from chaotic tourism and just breathe some fresh air with the locals.

View from Steigenberger Grandhotel.    Steigenburger Grandhotel.  Raspberry Gelato Ice Cream.  Rhine River flowing by Köningswinter, Germany.  Königswinter, Germany. Königswinter, Germany

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Travel Photo of the Week

Hey guys!

I felt like I needed something to spice up my blog a bit… Something for all you readers to look forward to and learn about! So with some thinking, I’d like to bring along the “Travel Photo of the Week“!

Basically, I’ll post up a photo that I took from one of many countries and cities in the world that I’ve visited and explain what was happening in the photo, where I was, what it’s like, smells, sounds, interactions, culture, etc…
I’m thinking that “Travel Photo of the Week” paired with a few lines will be a quick, brief and excellent way to learn about the world, without have to read extensive articles to fabricate an image in your mind.

Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them right away!

Keep your eyes peeled, the first photo will be available soon!

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Las Vegas – Special Feature!

Viewers, I’ve got another special post for you today, something new and different to spice up this travel blog!

I’m very proud and excited to say that I’ve teamed up with the legendary Travel Enthusiast, Former Orbitz Director of Communications and proud Mom : Kendra Thornton to share our knowledge, tips and experience about one amazing, energetic and vibrant city; a city that has something for just about everyone out there: Las Vegas!

First, Kendra will share her take on the city with us, then shortly after, I will share my tips, advice and secrets about the city.

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Kendra:

Hot Spots for Family Fun in Las Vegas

I love to travel, and these days, I usually bring my family along. When planning a family vacation, I always look for locations with something that my kids will enjoy along with my husband and me. One of our favorite spots to enjoy time together as a family is Las Vegas. It seems that this desert oasis always has something new and fun for us to do.

1. Miniature Golf

My husband is a golfer. The kids and I prefer the miniature version, and Las Vegas has plenty of options for us. We especially enjoy playing 18-holes at KISS by Monster Mini Golf. The glow-in-the-dark course features animated replicas of rock-and-roll memorabilia. The kids love putting into the giant Gene Simmons head. As an added attraction, the course also features a huge saltwater aquarium made by ATM of Animal Planet’s show Tanked.

2. Sharks

In Las Vegas, you can swim with sharks in the middle of the desert. My oldest loves sharks, so when I found out about Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, we had to visit. The water park features North America’s only predator-based aquarium. Here, you can view moray eels, rare golden crocodiles, piranhas and 15 species of sharks. The kids and I also participated in the 45-minute shark dive.

3. Adult Beverages

Of course, Las Vegas has plenty of adult beverages. When traveling with my girlfriends, I once took the Sommelier wine class at the Michael Mina Restaurant. Guests get to explore the nuances of eight different wines. You’ll learn about the effects of soil and climate on grapes. This is a great way to spend date night as well as an awesome activity to enjoy during a Las Vegas bachelorette weekend.

4. Museums

Those who love to learn can have a great time in Las Vegas. My family enjoys taking trips to quirky museums. My personal favorite is the outdoor Neon Museum just off the strip. It displays the history of the city in lights with a park-like atmosphere and design. My kids love spending time at the Discovery Children’s Museum. Also of interest is the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Las Vegas is always good for a good time. I’ve enjoyed traveling there on business and with friends. Now I enjoy taking my family and exposing my kids to some of the wonderful treasures there. With so many places to stay and things to do it can get a bit overwhelming. Sites like Gogobot make it easy to read user reviews so you can better plan your trip. I hope you can enjoy this great vacation spot as well.

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Jordan:

Spontaneous Fun & Hidden Gems of Las Vegas

Las Vegas is always a blast, no matter who you go with, it has something for everyone. Myself? I am pretty open-minded and like to try just about anything, especially if it’s a new experience! I’m going to share with you some advice, tips and hidden gems of Las Vegas that I hope will be at some use for you. Here we go:

1. Restaurants

At one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, how could Las Vegas not have some of the world’s greatest restaurants?
One of my most memorable restaurant experiences was eating at “Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill” at “Caesar’s Palace”.
If you’re feeling a little more on the Breakfast or Dessert side, then you HAVE to try the Crepes at “Le Creperie” in “Paris”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret as well… If you’re looking for a delicious meal that is a little more budget friendly, then look no farther than “Tony Roma’s” on Fremont Street. Seriously, Tony Roma’s! You can get a Steak and Lobster for $11.99 or a Prime Rib for $8.99. You can find details on this special here: Tony Roma’s on Fremont.

2. Entertainment / Shows

I’ve been to Las Vegas twice and without a doubt, my favorite thing to do is see the shows. There are shows that will suit anybody’s interest here: Comedy, Cirque du Soleil, Concerts, Burlesque, Magic and so on. Lots of famous people host their performances here: Shania Twain, Madonna, Carrot Top, David Blaine, Kris Angel, Penn and Teller.
Buying tickets for shows can really add up, so here’s a little tip to nab yourself free tickets and even a free dinner to go along with; walking down Las Vegas Blvd, you’ll notice that there are several individuals trying to grab your attention to sell “Timeshares”. Most of the time, you probably ignored them and walked right by them, but here’s the secret… If you decide to take the free tour that they are promoting, you will land yourself free or highly discounted Dinner and Show tickets; this is no scam, it is actually true! The catch is, you have to spend a few hours listening to their sales pitch and viewing the units, building and property that they are attempting to sell to you. At the end of the tour, a highly skilled sales associate will personally try and sell you a Timeshare – all you have to do is politely decline and then, VOILA! You will have your free Dinner and show!

3. Fremont Street

Most people are attracted to the Las Vegas Blvd strip and frankly, I don’t blame them! With the bright flashing lights, energy, music, street performances, erupting fountains and state-of-the-art architecture, who would not want want to be around all of that? What people need to know though is, Fremont Street is the “original” Las Vegas and it boasts a magic of it’s own. Let me tell you what’s special about Fremont Street! First off, you’re going to find MUCH better deals in this area, probably because they want to take the crowd away from the overpriced Las Vegas Blvd.  When you’re not playing at the Casino, you’ll find that it’s quite easy to find 1-2$ beers, 3$ Margaritas, 10-15$ meals at sit-down restaurants and best of all, the slots are known to be more “loose” on Fremont Street.  If you walk a few blocks up, you’ll find yourself in front of some original and unique bars and restaurants, for example: “Insert Coins” a video-game based bar – you basically pay to play arcade games with friends while sipping away at your favorite drink. How about “Heart Attack Grill”? A restaurant where all the staff are dressed in Nurse outfits and serving you the most unhealthy food that is known to man.  There is actually a large scale just outside of the restaurant that lets you weigh yourself, if you weigh over 300lbs, then you get to eat free!
Looking for cheap daiquiris? I’ll tell you where to get the cheapest in all of Vegas! Two words… “La Bayou”. It’s a small Dive Bar & Casino located on Fremont Street. You can fill up your meter long drink-holding device for pennies compared to the other places out there. The cool thing is, “La Bayou” uses the traditional-style “quarters” to play in their slots and when you win, spits quarters back out at you. Ever heard of those? They are small circular pieces of metal before the “cash receipts” were used in slot machines. A new piece of History for you!

4. Shopping

Las Vegas is probably right up there with London, Paris, New York and so on for it’s shopping scene, it can also get expensive very fast if you don’t have the budget for it. I found that I had the best shopping experiences at both the North and South “Premium Shopping Outlets”. There are literally hundreds of stores to choose from, it really does take a full day out of you. One of my favorite stores would have to be “Under Armour” which is located at the “South Premium Outlets”. If you’re shopping for luxurious brands, then you have nothing to worry about, Las Vegas Blvd is boasting with a nearly-unlimited amount of stores and malls to visit and it’s impossible to see it all in one day. For souvenirs, it’s always fun to check out the “M&M Factory” or the “Coca-Cola Factory”.

We hope this post was informative and fun to read as it was for us to write it!

If you wish to follow Kendra, you can do so by clicking the following link: @KendraThornton – she has a wealth of travel information to provide for you, so definitely check her out!

Please follow me for more adventures, travel tips and advice!

[This collaborative post was written by: Jordan Ilareguy & Kendra Thornton]

For more exciting articles on Las Vegas, visit GPSmyCity.com!

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Romanian Adventure!

I’ve got something exciting to show to you viewers today! It’s a video compilation of my adventure in Romania!

In the video, you’ll see shots of Bucharest, Dracula’s Castle, Brasov, Transylvania, Black Church, Pele’s Castle, Sinaia, Bucegi Mountains, Prejmer’s Fortified Church and much more! I’m still an amateur to video editing, so bear with me. I’m still trying to understand why my HD video does not stay in HD when I upload it; I’m working on it though!

Here’s the video and please, tell me what you think by leaving a comment below!

What was your favorite part of the video? What would you like to see for yourself?

Aside from my adventure in Romania, I am now working on a collaborative article with “Travel Enthusiast”: “Kendra Thornton” on our favorite location in the world and the hidden gems about that particular location.

Keep your eyes peeled!

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Dracula’s Castle

The car’s booked and we’re heading out first thing tomorrow morning to “Brasov” in the province of “Transylvania” to see Dracula’s castle. I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t be bitten, because I really don’t like working night shift. That shouldn’t be a problem though, because “Bran Castle” in Transylvania is only the inspiration for the classic story of “Dracula”. It will see be wonderful to see this awesome piece of History though, so I really look forward to that and the road trip ahead of me; who knows what lies ahead on these crazy roads…
We will most likely stay the night in a Villa on a mountainside in Transylvania, which should be very charming!

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Lots of stories and photos coming your way! Keep your eyes peeled!

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Romania by Night

I don’t think it matters what day of the week it is, you’ll always find something to do in Bucharest.

What did I do on a Monday night? Well, went to the “Metropolis Casino” in Bucharest of course! I won myself the equivalent of about 55$ USD through the electronic Roulette machine. You place your bets electronically and the system will automatically determine if you won and immediately pay out your earnings in the form of credits. I personally found the security in the casino to be very tight; we had to show our identification, take a photo, and pay an entrance fee while a guard was examining us. The Women at the entrance of the Casino were very stern and not very welcoming, although all the other staff within the casino was very friendly.

I took some time today to check out the “AFI Palace Cotroceni” mall. There must have been 200-300 shops spread out amongst two levels, complete with a 3D IMAX theatre, Skating Rink and Roller Coaster. I had Lunch within the mall at a sit-down Italian restaurant; the chairs and atmosphere was very comfortable, but the food was disgusting and the service was deplorable. I kept biting on small pieces of solid bone that was mixed into the sauce that was spread over my Tortellini. The taste was very bland too. We also waited about 15 minutes or more to get our bill after asking for it – all the Waiters decided it was a better idea to stand at the front of the restaurant and chit-chat. The staff working there seemed to not care about their job; don’t waste your time eating there.

On the way back to the hotel, I passed by an area called “Revolution Square”:

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Equestrian Statue in Revolution Square.

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Me standing in Revolution Square.

I haven’t had a chance to read up on the History of the statue and that particular square; I will be going back tomorrow while there is daylight. Are there any Romanians reading this post that can comment and explain about this statue?

Oh yes! Can’t forget about my well-needed Romanian haircut!

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More to come, stay tuned!

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Romanian Dining

To live Romanian, one must eat Romanian!

So I started with a glass of White Romanian Chardonnay and this plate:

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It’s Squash stuffed with minced meat and boy is it ever delicious! I had no idea that the wine was so tasty and sophisticated as well!

The restaurant I went to was called: “Cara’ cu Bere”; enormous restaurant, plenty of floors, countless tables, live music, traditional Romanian-style decor and so much more! Staff was very attentive and polite, a must visit if you’re making a pit-stop in Bucharest!

Tomorrow will be my “city exploration” day! Then it’s off to Brasov and Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle).

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Bucharest, Romania

Helloooo from Bucharest, Romania!

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What an old looking city, but so beautiful! There is so much History to learn about in this charming country, so time to adventure off into the unknown!

More stories to follow shortly!

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Ice Fishing in Canada

Ever wondered what to do during a Canadian Winter? Ski, Snowboard, Ice Skate, Snowshoe, Sled, Dogsledding, Curling?

This is what I do:

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That’s me – Ice Fishing!

Ice Fishing!

It’s pretty simple, really; you make sure the lake is frozen – preferably over 3″ thick, so you don’t fall through. You then drill a hole with an “Auger”, manual or gas-powered:

Gas-Powered Auger

Gas-Powered Auger

Once you’ve drilled your hole, you clear the snow and ice from around and in the hole and then you’re ready to fish!

I’m no Ice Fishing expert; but the good news is, you don’t need to be one to enjoy this cold-Winter past-time! It’s a little bit of technique but even more luck. The fish are so cold, they won’t want to swim a lot, so you have to hope that you drilled a hole over some fish or at least close to them.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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Helicopter Carrier – Replenishment at Sea

It wasn’t too long ago when I was busy sailing the seven seas – in fact, it was just about a year and a half ago before I made the transition from “Military Warship” to a “Tactical Transport Aircraft”.

I’ve been on several sails engaging in countless roles all over the world, but one of my most memorable experiences while I was sailing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was refuelling an American “Helicopter Carrier”. First of all, I didn’t even know there was such thing as a “Helicopter Carrier”, I’ve only heard of “Aircraft Carriers”, but obviously, they exist! From what I remember, the name of the carrier that we refuelled was called the “USS Boxer”, if that rings a bell to any of you reading this post. The refuelling itself took almost an entire day; “Helicopter Carriers” aren’t exactly a small ship, they’re massive! Every time I looked at it, I almost couldn’t believe it! It really is a technological masterpiece by man – just what all of us are capable of designing and creating when we put our heads together and work as a team.

Take a peak at the video I recorded a while back:

What’s even more amazing, is the amount of fuel that’s transferred throughout this evolution without a drip spilled into the ocean – I mean, consider the fact that two ships are cruising at the same time while this is all taking place, there’s a lot of risk management to deal with. That’s okay though, because professionals are handling every aspect of the job.

If you’re looking for a quick way to Travel, see the world and be paid for it, then you may want to consider joining the Navy. It’s a tough job, you work hard while you’re sailing but you’re well rewarded with time off at your port visit. This bring me into a quote that I utilize everyday in the workplace: “Work hard, play harder”.

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

– Augustine

 

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